>> Monday, January 14, 2013
Looking back 2012 was a great year personally and I will miss it, however I’m also looking forward to 2013. It’s already off to a great start and I can’t wait to see what else is in store this year. In 2012 Calgary also saw a lot of changes on the restaurant scene. Many establishments were refurbished in to new hot spots like Wine Ohs, which used to be a quaint French bistro called Piq Niq which also featured a jazz bar below. Like the restaurant before it, they’re still serving great food and tunes in their renovated space.
Atmosphere: Decorated with a French bistro flare yet pleasantly comfortable and welcoming, a great space that can accommodate both small and larger groups.
Food and Wine: A good portion of the menu at Wine Ohs changes daily based on the Chef’s creations and what’s currently fresh. The Pate on the day we were there was a Duck Rillette, essentially a type of meat that has been cooked in fat until tender, shredded and reformed in to a spread like texture. Even though the duck is cooked in fat, the spread did not taste oily or heavy. It was great spread over top a crispy baguette accompanied by a sharp grainy mustard and pickled beets. I did find it a bit under salted but the mustard did help quite a bit.
You can’t go to Wine Ohs and not sample their wines. They also have happy hour special in their lounge (aka cellar) so definitely ask your server! That evening we had a great bottle of their featured Bordeaux wine which went nicely with the lamb and chocolate. Be sure to ask the server for their suggested pairings.
My Picks: Braised Lamb Shank
Wine Ohs Bistro & Cellar
811 1st Street SW